Halloween is right around the corner! This means that candy is well within reach for children, but many parents question whether letting their children take part in the festivities of eating Halloween candy. So, should you let your kids have candy as part of their overall diet?
The answer is YES! As parents it is important to stress to children the importance of dental health year-long and not just on Halloween. Halloween shouldn’t be to blame for cavities. Cavities develop over time. When children don’t practice good daily oral hygiene habits — that is when the cavities appear.
While it is still important to monitor your child’s sweet intake, it’s OK to have extra sweets for Halloween or any holiday. The American Dental Association recommends brushing two times a day for two minutes at a time. It is also important to rinse your mouth out with water after eating to reduce the risk for cavities and gum disease.
If you ever do worry that your child has cavities or just would like them to have a check-up and cleaning, schedule an appointment in Sacramento. Call Gateway Oaks Family Dentistry at 916-549-0249.